The Spanish government said on Tuesday regional police will take control of any voting booths before a Catalan referendum on independence this weekend which it deems illegal.
For its part the Catalan regional government said the vote will go ahead and it sent out notifications to Catalans to man polling booths.
The row has plunged the country into one its biggest political crises since the restoration of democracy four decades ago. “Today we can affirm that there will be no effective referendum in Catalonia. All the referendum’s logistics have been dismantled,” the Spanish government’s representative in Catalonia, Enric Millo, said on Tuesday.